Friday, 28 May 2010
A little play with Tyvek
Had a little idea for making flowers with Tyvek pretty interesting stuff seems heat is about the only thing that distresses it. A while ago Sam showed us some fab work using it in layers and then blasting parts away with heat. Well that peeked my interest and the every generous Hilda sent me some to play with.
Came up with this idea but it was not until today that it got tried. Using a die cutter but not the TH die this time, cut out flowers in different sizes. Using distress inks (Barn Door, Crushed Olive and Rusty Hinge) on a mat spritzed with water, coloured flowers on both sides. Allowed to dry and the last damp bit blotted with kitchen paper. Craft Stamper cover stamps used with black and red Memento ink (any ink that works on non porus surface works) chose the flowers to layer up and shaped them. Tyvek takes shapes easily but if your are asking it to bend in opposite directions you tend to lose the first bend, it also curls over scissors like a dream. Poked holes in each flower and poked a cocktail stick through leaving some space between each flower, the stick was to hold them while heat was applied. Moved the heat gun almost as soon as curling started not sure how much to apply and did not want the flowers to disintegrate. When I was happy with the result removed the stick replacing it with a flower topped brad. Seems it is going to hold the eventual shape.